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The Downing Street Years
3.89
I started reading this book after the Tories were finally booted from power in 1997. I read it to consign the memory of her and her party to history a ...more
Jan 1997
Feb 08, 2008
 
James Taylor Long Ago and Far Away: His Life and His Music
3.68
OK. Let me be honest.

I love James Taylor, his music and his anecdotes. I met him once at a concert when he came down into the audience during an inter
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not set
Sep 28, 2008
 
The Ashdown Diaries, Volume 1 1988-1997
3.75
Not a great book...not a good diary either...

Honestly... I found it an "almost" journal... from a politician that "almost" did something that someone
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Jan 2001
Jan 31, 2008
 
John Gielgud: An Actor's Life
3.25
I am surprised at myslef. I liked this book. The surpise is not down to the brilliance of Gielgud, his goofs or self-deprecation, but down to Gyles Br ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
WALT DISNEY: AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL
4.28
I have always been interested in the stories behind the legend that has become Walt Disney. I suppose he was a hero, of sorts, as I grew and, as an ad ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 27, 2008
 
The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches
4.14
Harry Patch is 109 years [110 in June]. He is the oldest surviving man who saw combat in World War 1.

Harry didn't want to fight[he'd trained a a plumb
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Apr 06, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett
3.79
I remember, many years ago, as I watched Torvill and Dean wend their way gracefully over the ice to that collection of music.... not the Bolero - the ...more
not set
Sep 28, 2008
 
Vermeer
4.03
I simply adore Vermeer.

Many years ago I saw The Astronomer, at the Louvre, and I have never looked back. Since then I have seen both Lady Standing at
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not set
Sep 28, 2008
 
Dare to Be a Daniel: Then and Now
3.96
I was unsure before I read "Dare to Be a Daniel"... but I am absolutely delighted to say that what I previously believed has been confirmed within.... ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
In the Arena: An Autobiography
3.79
The death of Charlton Heston was announced today. I do wish that I had never known of the politics that he favoured - it made me like him a lot less t ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 24, 2008
 
Harald Hardrada: The Warrior's Way
4.15
I had absolutely no idea how much I was going to enjoy this book.

Marsden obviously loved the history of Hardrada and sometimes gets lost in reverie fo
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Sep 28, 2008
 
Brian Johnston: The Authorised Biography
3.44
Brian Johnston features in my earliest memories of Test Match Special [and John Arlott, of course].

His childlike himour and love for the game made him
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Jan 25, 2008
 
Arctic Diary: Surviving on thin ice
3.14
The cheek of putting your name as sole author to a book that isn't entirely your own is a bit naughty....

Despite being a tosser, I quite like this gu
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Apr 30, 2008
 
A Lot Of Hard Yakka
4.19
I really don't believe that I had heard of Simon Hughes until I read his books. He later turned up as an analyst on Channel 4's cricket coverage.

Howev
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not set
Jan 24, 2008
 
Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince : a Biography
3.26
Walter Elias Disney... half real-person and half self-created..

Sure he was odd and quite a despot, but he had the vision and the desire to succeed.

Tha
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Jan 1998
Jan 25, 2008
 
In Harm's Way
3.50
Grossly disappointing....

We saw this man become an icon on our news - how he seems to have shrunk. As a journalist you would've thought that he could
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Jan 1998
Feb 29, 2008
 
James Stewart: A Biography
3.54
This is one of my favourite biographies, about one of my favourite actors of all-time. A great book - easy to read and full of tales and anecdotes. Wh ...more
not set
Apr 30, 2008
 
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
4.04
The book was enjoyable before it became a movie.

Seeing a good book turned into a mediocre film robs future audiences of the pleasures that many of us
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not set
Jan 24, 2008
 
Botham
3.48
I loved the swashbuckling attitude that Botham bought to the game. He had an air of freshness about him at a time when many in the cricketing establis ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Memoirs of a Fellwanderer
4.06
An extraordinary man with and extraordinary story and passion. Single minded and devoted to the Fells this man single-handedly wrote about and drew th ...more
Jan 2007
May 02, 2008
 
If I Don't Write it Nobody Else Will
3.70
I actually like Eric Sykes and his comedic writing quite a lot. It is therefore rather sad that I did not enjoy this read as much as I was hoping.

I co
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Jan 2006
Apr 06, 2008
 
Work In Progress
3.62
Michael Eisner... some say saviour... others say not.

This autobiography gives his own version of his rise to head the Disney empire - filled with othe
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not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
On the Road
3.66
I should, perhaps, try this again... as I'm not sure that it got the best of my attention first time around.

I just couldn't see wht the book has been
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Apr 26, 2008
 
Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
4.08
The book and his exploits aside... he comes across as a bit of a tosser..... a rich entrepreneurial-tosser... but a tosser all the same.
Jan 1999
Apr 30, 2008
 
Margrave Of The Marshes
3.99
When I sit and listen [now... only very occasionally] to some of the crap on the radio... I realise what we have lost.
Aug 2007
Mar 29, 2008
 
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
3.93
Read this after the excellent tv series. What an excellent/well researched book. Fascinating and rewarding.
not set
Apr 26, 2008
 
My Life
3.71
The man has such presence and without doubt is one of the most charismatic people that I have ever met.
not set
Mar 27, 2008
 
Desert Warrior: A Personal View of the Gulf War by the Joint Forces Commander
2.00
This guy tried to cash in... He can write and what he does write is pretty dull.
not set
Feb 24, 2008
 
James Hunt: The Biography
4.26
A talented waste. Money and bad advice - insecurity and poor support.
not set
Jun 05, 2008
 
Dark Horse: The Life And Art Of George Harrison
3.31
Not my favourite biography/history.
not set
Jan 25, 2008
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